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About Us

Safe Music Schools was founded by

Music Academy Owner & Director Marty Fort


Marty currently owns and operates the largest community music schools in the state of South Carolina, the Columbia Arts Academy®, the Lexington School of Music, and the Irmo Music Academy. The schools serve over 1,400 students studying guitar, voice, bass, drums, and piano. His schools work with 80 music teachers and he is responsible for hiring and overseeing the teaching staff. In his own schools, he has developed best practices for creating a safe music school environment dedicated to stopping the spread of COVID.


Since 2008, Marty has coached hundreds of music school owners on six continents with the Music Academy Success® program. During the coronavirus pandemic, he has taught members how to rebuild their enrollment, get students back, reduce stress, and move their school forward so that they can get their enrollment numbers back to pre-COVID levels.


Marty is also the inventor of the Musical Ladder System®, recipient of nine US Patents and used by 25,000 music students worldwide. As well as the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book "The Ultimate Guide To Music Lessons". His work has been featured in books by Entrepreneur press and was recently featured on Forbes Books Radio. 


If you're ready to pledge to do your part to be a Safe Music School, click below to get a badge that will show your students that you're part of a nationwide program to keep your music school safe.

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